Overview of roles and responsibilities
Each change activity identified in the proposed Strategy for Statistical=
Metadata Management action plan will be assigned a lead division or area t=
o take responsibility for the business plan, resources and reporting regula=
rly on progress.
Centres of expertise or responsibility for each statistical domain in th=
e Agency will also be formally recognized. These centres would provid=
e a stewardship function for statistical metadata within their domain inclu=
ding providing advice related to design and standards development and ensur=
ing that the authoritative source is comprehensive, up-to-date and accessib=
le to the users (people and systems) who need it.
Roles and responsibilities for all areas of metadata management will bec=
ome clearer as the key activities in the action plan are implemented.
6.2 Metadata management team
A steering committee is expected to oversee implementation of the operat=
ional phase of the proposed Strategy for Statistical Metadata Management ac=
tion plan. This committee would be comprised of senior managers from =
key stakeholder areas and would focus on the activities necessary to build =
capacity. A project lead will be assigned to monitor implementa=
tion projects and lead the communication and learning initiatives.
Once the first phase of implementation is complete, a permanent governan=
ce structure will be established to ensure the use of standard metadata str=
uctures, content and exchange protocols; to provide guidance on creation of=
metadata at the appropriate stage of the statistical business process and =
to identify opportunities to align the Agency=E2=80=99s on-going work with =
the adopted enterprise architecture.
6.3 Training and knowledge management
Communication and learning initiatives are essential to realize statisti=
cal metadata management across the Agency. Building capacity among st=
aff about the scope of statistical metadata, its role in the statistical bu=
siness process and use of reference models like the GSIM and the GSBPM are =
key priorities. Roles and responsibilities and best practices for the=
planning, design, creation, use and management of statistical metadata wil=
l also be communicated across the Agency.
6.4 Partnerships and cooperation
Statistics Canada continues to support and participate in international =
initiatives such as the GSIM and the GSBPM. The Agency was involved i=
n the original GSIM sprints and is currently participating in the Plug &=
; Play sprint and three separate task teams: GSIM-DDI mapping, GSIM-SDMX ma=
pping, and GSIM implementation =E2=80=93 all initiatives have senior manage=
The Agency is also represented in the UNECE METIS, UN Expert Group on In=
ternational Statistical Classifications, UNECE High-level Group on the Mode=
rnization of Statistical Processes and Services, SDMX Statistical Working G=
roup, DDI/SDMX Dialogue and the Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBR=
L) Canada Working Group.
Evaluating DDI and the role of other international format standards in t=
he statistical business process has been flagged for further discussions.=
6.5 Other issues
A major challenge has been integrating international work with Statistic=
Canada=E2=80=99s internal projects. In particular, (1) the GSIM developmen=
t with IBSP and ICOS Questionnaire/Survey Instrument (described in Section =
III-B), and (2) the GSIM implementation task team (Production grou=
p) with current work on IBSP. The IBSP project is beginning to look at =
Production metadata and it is hoped that involvement in the GSIM Imple=
mentation task team can be leveraged to support this stage of development.<=